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Youth Rules at the Bear Run

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                          The Bear Run 5k


by Jerry Dietrich
with photos by Bruce Fisher

6/10/18 – Maple Valley

There was a strong turnout of Silver Striders at The Bear Run 5k.  This was the 3rd race in the Kent Bowl Grand Prix Series which began last month.  Ninety-six Silver Striders turned out for this popular event.

Our numbers were dwarfed by the youngsters who participated in this event. There were 282 contestants 19 and younger. The 12 and under was the largest group with 206 participants!

What a celebration for young and old!

The race, held at Lake Wilderness in Maple Valley, just keeps getting better each year. This race has become a great favorite of the Silver Striders. The Race Director, Jeff Brady, and the Tahoma XC Running Club, really know how to put on a race.

Race Director – Jeff Brady

The registration area was well organized and staffed by a large group of friendly volunteers.

Bear Run volunteers


Rob Perry – The Tab Wizard











The low entry fee included a neon green Bear Run shirt. Kids 12 and under were free thanks to the Tab Wizard who also gave out colorful teddy bears to each child in the race.

Rain was predicted but failed to materialize.

The course this year was altered because of construction in the park. The start/finish line was set up on a grassy area at the bottom of a knoll.

When the race began, the large group of runners and walkers ran out of the park and onto the perimeter road. Streets were closed and trails were free of  traffic. The course was well marked with plenty of smiling volunteers cheering runners as they passed by.

The course circled the lake. There were a couple of steep uphill sections early in the race. As the runners reached the higher portion of the course, the scenery was spectacular.

The third mile was a real treat. It was all slightly downhill and the fastest section of the race. The course this year took a sharp, steep descent onto a gravel trail which circled around and finished back in the park. The last 100 yards was a slight downhill stretch to the finish.

The first Silver Strider to finish was Mitch Parker, 57, in a time of 20:10.

Mary Richards, 56, was the first female Silver Strider with a time of 26:14.



Drawings were held for many prizes while the runners were out on the course. The winners were listed on a board following the race.

The race was chip timed, but unfortunately, gun time was used for the awards. The Bear Run awards ceremony followed the distribution of prize drawings with 5 year age divisions up to 85+.




Individuals who finished in the top 3 of their age group were introduced and photographed.  First place finishers received the coveted Teddy Bear, emblematic of winning their age division. Second and third place received “Bear Bells”.

The announcer paid tribute to the Silver Striders throughout the day.

A happy group of runners and walkers, young and old, praised the race and promised to return next year.

Following the awards ceremony, Silver Striders met at Stockton’s Restaurant for a breakfast get together.



        Here are the race results in photos by Bruce “Flash” Fisher


Three Silver Strider sweatshirts and one Century Club pin….yea!












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